9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Negombo
Drive:  2​h
1
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Hikkaduwa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— Few hours
+2
taxi + bus + train:  6​h 30​min
6
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Sigiriya
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
8
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
End: Negombo

1
night
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Bentota Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bentota tour itinerary builder app

Negombo to Bentota is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In November in Bentota, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kosgoda
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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hours
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder site

You can drive from Bentota to Hikkaduwa in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Historic Sites
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Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya ©
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Weherahena Buddhist Temple, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mirissa trip maker

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Matara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Okanda Devalaya and then make a trip to Sithulpawwa rock temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip planner

Traveling by bus from Mirissa to Yala National Park takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
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Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
Okanda Devalaya ©
Okanda Devalaya

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hours
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella holiday maker app

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Ella. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.
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Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop

1
night
Kandy

Kandy
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
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You can drive from Ella to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. You'll set off for Sigiriya on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
day
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Lanka Silks, then examine the collection at Pethikada, then Head underground at The Golden Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip maker app

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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night
Kandy

Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary builder app

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue ©
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
Galmaduwa temple kandy ©
Galmaduwa temple kandy

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil and then make a trip to Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo road trip planning app

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In November in Colombo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.
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Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque ©
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

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